LIVE OAK, FLA. -- Tropical Storm Debby turned out to be a deadly storm, and a grim reminder that people should not take these systems lightly.
Officials with state emergency operations confirmed Thursday that Debby was responsible for at least seven deaths here in Florida.
Authorities confirmed that Debby was responsible for two deaths in Pinellas County, including one person who was killed in a rip current.
Storm-related deaths were also recorded in Highlands, Lake, Madison, Pasco, and Polk counties, according to state and regional officials.
Debby made landfall in Florida earlier this week, after spinning to life in the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm crossed Florida as a tropical storm, degrading to a tropical depression, before exiting.
Emergency Management official have been at work getting into their surveys of the damage done by the storm, and the governor has been touring some of the hardest-hit areas.